William D. Christ, Phillips Lytle Partner

William D. Christ

Buffalo, New York City
(716) 847-8332
(212) 759-4888 ext. 8332
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Mr. Christ focuses his practice in the area of litigation. He has significant experience in the defense of personal injury, products liability, workplace accident and construction claims, as well as insurance coverage and corporate litigation, including contract disputes and business torts. Mr. Christ also has represented corporations in the defense of class actions.

Admitted to Practice

  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America©
  • Selected for the Upstate New York Super Lawyers® list, 2009-2017
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, Special Service Award for Pro Bono Service, September 2000
  • Honoree of the New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel® Program for Pro Bono Work, 2011, 2013
  • March of Dimes Leo Jaffe Distinguished Volunteer Service Award


  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1990
  • Boston College, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1986

Judicial Clerkships

  • Hon. David G. Larimer; U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 1990-1992

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
    • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
  • Bar Association of Erie County
    • Negligence and Appellate Practice Committees
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Leadership Buffalo
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Commercial and Federal Litigation Section
    • Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section

Present Activities

  • Niagara USA Chamber, Board Member, 2004-Present
    • Chairman, 2015-2016
  • St. Gregory the Great Parish,Trustee
    • Finance Council, Chair, 2003-2004; Vice Chair, 2002-2003
    • Catholic Charities Drive, Co-Chair, 2000-2003; Chair, 2004
  • Suneel’s Light Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Boy Scouts of America, Greater Niagara Frontier Council, Advisory Council
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo
    • Bishop’s Council of the Laity, Member

Past Activities

  • Phillips Lytle LLP Governing Committee, Member, 2011-2016
  • March of Dimes, New York State
    • Chair, New York State Chapter, 2011-2013
    • Vice-Chair, 2006-2010
    • Board Member, 2002-2010
    • Chair, Upstate Chapter, 2005-2006
    • Chair, Western New York Division, 2003-2005
  • Canisius High School, Gambit Co-Chair, 2013
  • Leadership Buffalo, Member, Class of 2004
  • Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout, 1979